Target: Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing
Goal: Get public official who used racist slurs against the President and his family out of office.
Reportedly calling President Obama a “monkey man” has gotten Patrick Rushing, the mayor of Airway Heights, Washington, in hot water–but he is refusing to step down. There is no excuse for such violently racist language coming from anyone, but especially not from elected officials. Demand that this man resign from his position as mayor at once.
This controversy erupted recently after Mayor Rushing confirmed that several amazingly hateful comments found on his Facebook page were indeed made by him. “Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” the comment read. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”
Rushing justified the substance of these comments by saying it was “just playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do.” The City Council has asked him to resign but he has refused, saying that doing so would be tantamount to “admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”
It’s hard to argue that you are not a racist when you think that age-old oppressive and violent rhetoric comparing people of African descent to monkeys and gorillas is nothing but “playful banter.” Airway Heights no longer wants this man as its mayor and he should respect that. Sign the petition below to demand that Rushing resign as mayor of this town as soon as possible.
Dear Mayor Rushing,
I am writing you today regarding the comments that you say you recently made about President Obama and his family. Your remarks were incredibly racist and you are deluding yourself if you think an apology is enough to maintain your legitimacy as mayor in the wake of the controversy they have caused.
It should not even need to be pointed out how comparing people of African descent to monkeys is incredibly racist, but apparently you don’t quite get it. Such comparisons are literally dehumanizing and have been used since Europeans first came into contact with African people to justify their exploitation, colonization, genocide, and enslavement. It is not “playful banter.”
It’s fortunate that your town’s city council seems to have more sense than you regarding these matters and recognized your remarks for what they were–violently racist. Its members want you out of office, and your refusal to comply with their request is doing you no favors.
No justifications you can put forth will make what you said okay, and Airway Heights deserves a mayor that can recognize and respect that. I demand that you immediately resign from office.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: City of Airway Heights